Hadassa Margolese

29 posts
Blogging since 2011. Work in Content Marketing. I'm a social Media enthusiast. Obsessed with coffee. Love fashion, design, my children, Benji, and my favorite color is gray! And no, not in that order ;-)
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Not Laughing

Today I watched a video of our Mayor, the Mayor of Bet Shemesh, Moshe Abutbul making a joke out of the spitting incidents in Bet Shemesh. At a Purim party, a reporter asked MK Eli Yishai how he gets along with Bet Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul. Moshe Abutbul made a joke out of it and said: “Since the spitting incident, the distance from Bet Shemesh to Jerusalem is only that… Continue Reading >>

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Exclusion of Women in Israel takes it a Step Further

The exclusion of women in Israel takes it a step further.  According to this report a restaurant in the heart of Rehavia, must not allow female waitresses to work on Thursday evenings, or else they will lose their Badatz Agudat Israel Hechsher. The reason: many men go out to eat at the restaurant on Thursday nights, and it is inappropriate for female waitresses to serve them. This situation is out of control.… Continue Reading >>

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Moving in the Wrong Direction

After feeling like we took one small step in the right direction, I now feel like we took two steps back. A few weeks ago I (along with the rest of my neighborhood) received the weekly advertisement booklet. In this booklet, there were advertisements of boy’s and girl’s dressed up in Purim costumes. The girl’s faces were blurred, the boy’s faces were not. I went on to the website of… Continue Reading >>

Twin Cities

Montgomery County and Bet Shemesh A twin city agreement is the definition of two cities from different countries who want to promote cultural and commercial ties with one another. There are many twin towns, twin sister and twin cities around the world. Maryland’s Montgomery County was due to become the twin city of Bet Shemesh, in Israel. Unfortunately, they have delayed their agreement following the recent worldwide media attention. Articles have been… Continue Reading >>

Desperate to be heard

Yesterday, my view of ultra-orthodox extremists and those who suffer in silence from them, changed. Many of those keeping silent are desperate to be heard. I received a phone call in the morning from a woman who asked in a soft, low voice “is this Margolese?” I said yes, and she continued “I am calling to say thank you. I am calling to ask you to please continue this fight. We… Continue Reading >>

Disturbing the Quiet of Shabbat

All has seemed quiet in our area of Bet Shemesh these past two weeks, as far as I’m aware. I am sure there are incidents that I am unaware of, but I enjoyed the peace. This past Shabbat, a group of seminary girls were walking towards Rabbi Dov Lipman’s house for Shabbat lunch. As they passed a house on Maapiley Egoz street, which happens to be right across from my house, a… Continue Reading >>

American Support

American Support at the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv This morning we had an appointment to visit the American embassy in Tel Aviv. I wasn’t sure if I would be meeting with Ambassador Dan Shapiro or not. Five years had passed, and it was time to renew Naama’s passport. Having been to the U.S embassy many times over the years, we know that security is tight and that the… Continue Reading >>

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My Powerful Little Girl

My oldest daughter, Naama, is a sweet and sensitive little girl. She stood up in front of camera crews and news reporters and did an excellent job at expressing her thoughts to the world. Naama, who usually shies away from people she doesn’t know, participated in many interviews, took lots of pictures, and shared her thoughts because she knew that by telling the world of the extremists behavior, it may stop them… Continue Reading >>

Starting a blog

The Beginning of a Blog

Why I Started Blogging My name is Hadassa Margolese, I am the mother of eight-year-old Naama Margolese from Beit Shemesh. This blog is a forum for me to explain what is going on with my family, how it has affected us, and what we plan on doing about the whole situation. I believe, and I am not alone in this theory that the actions of the grown men bullying my… Continue Reading >>